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Local Sobering Center Approved by the Board of Supervisors

Published December 21, 2018
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EmpireRecoveryWithout hesitation, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to fund a Sobering Center in Redding at the December 11th meeting.

“This is a longtime coming…and a much-needed service,” said Supervisor Mary Rickert.

Under the contract, Empire Recovery Center will take in people who have been picked up by law enforcement for being under the influence or who have been medically cleared from hospital emergency rooms for drug-related issues. Once there, Empire staff will give people 6-10 hours to “sleep it off,” and may be offered something to eat and/or a shower.

Most importantly, people at the Sobering Center will be in conversation with a drug and alcohol counselor, and they can start the, “maybe it’s time you for you to consider treatment,” conversation and get them connected to services quickly.

The current model is a pilot program, and will be a testing ground to determine if a full Sobering Center, requiring a medical facility and staff, should be pursued.

Making this treatment option available for those struggling with alcohol abuse has been discussed amongst County officials, law enforcement and emergency room staff for several years. Funding, dedicated bed space and finding an organization willing to provide the service were all challenges to jumpstarting the service.

With Empire Recovery Center on board and money from the Whole Person Care grant, the Sobering Center is becoming a reality.

In addition to helping the client, it has the potential to free up law enforcement time and provide a place for people to recover without taking up valuable bed space in the Emergency Rooms, said HHSA Adult Services Director Dean True.

Services are expected to be available in early spring 2019.

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